A Dance Education Master's Degree
The Dance Education Master of Arts degree is for educators who want to build their credentials and knowledge to support their teaching and career goals. This program is for those who either already have a K-12 teaching license or are interested in teaching in the private sector, post-secondary settings, and some private/charter schools.
You will be able to build on your teaching strategies, develop theoretical knowledge as it relates to teaching and learning, and develop your dance/movement skills. UNC-trained educators will assist you in learning the latest and most effective instructional methods for...
- Dance performance production, skills and techniques; and
- Injury prevention.
A Unique and Accessible Dance Education Program
Delivered Mostly-Online with Applied Summer Workshops
This master's program is designed with online delivery in the academic Fall and Spring — plus two short face-to-face Summer workshops — to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring dance educators. The summer workshops will include courses on choreography and learning dance forms.
Preparing Dance Educators of All Backgrounds
The best dance educators are those who are inspired to pass on their knowledge and love of dance. This program does not require that you have a dance-specific bachelor’s degree — you just need a background in dancing and a desire to learn and implement the best practices in teaching the art of dance. We seek educators with diverse personal backgrounds, ideas and experiences so that our students can help each other best educate all future dancers.
Career Options for Graduates
This master's degree will enable you to become a better dance instructor in any setting:
- If you are a licensed K-12 teacher, this will prepare you for the Colorado Dance Grades K-12 added endorsement. If you will teach outside of Colorado, please check the endorsement or certification requirements in your state.
- If you do not have a K-12 license, you will still be eligible for teaching positions in the private sector, post-secondary settings, and some private/charter schools. If you have a particular public or private K-12 school who is interested in hiring you once you have this credential, you can speak to them and your state department of education about alternative licensure options that may be available to you due to your enrollment in this master’s degree.
Time to Completion:
2 years + Thesis
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program + Summer Greeley workshops: starts each Fall term
You will start in Fall term and finish coursework in two years, plus one additional semester for thesis work. Coursework includes...
- One online Dance Education course each Fall and Spring term.
- Visits to our campus in Greeley, Colorado, each Summer for a 2-week face-to-face institute, plus additional online Summer coursework.
The on-campus Summer workshops (in July) will involve choreography, learning dance forms, movement skills/technique, pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching through dance, creative dance, injury prevention, and dance production.
Course of Study (33 Credit Hours)
To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.
Required Courses (27 Credit Hours)
- DNCE 550 Dance History - Tribal Cultures to Current Times (3)
- DNCE 560 Dance Movement Skills & Pedagogical Approaches (3)
- DNCE 565 Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance (3)
- DNCE 570 Doing, Teaching, & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I (3)
- DNCE 575 Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)
- DNCE 600 Movement & Dance – Framing a Research Question (3)
- DNCE 693 Popular Dance Forms (3)
- DNCE 695 Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography (3)
- DNCE 697 Dance Production Techniques (3)
Thesis (6 Credit Hours)
A written thesis is required of all students. There are a minimum of six credits of thesis advisement, taken via two courses.
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- We also encourage you to visit the School of Theatre Arts and Dance page for this program.